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’tis the season to give thanks for all the wonderful blessings of the past year, and for me to give away a fat envelope filled with goodies to entice you to reveal them!

So. Post a comment on this post, telling me the ONE thing for which you are most thankful from 2014, and you will be entered into a drawing for, oh, I don’t know, about 30 sheets of collage images, a baggie full of vintage labels, and, let’s see…oh, some Asian text pages, all of which I’m cramming into this cardboard mailer.


(These may not be the actual collage sheets I just crammed into the envelope. In fact, I’m sure they’re not. But there were 30 of them, and I’m sure are be some in there you’ll love.)

In order to keep this a happy place:

  • One comment per person only, please. Multiple comments will be deleted.
  • Comments that don’t include mention of what you are thankful for will also be deleted.
  • Comments that include “I would be thankful for winning” or any other sort of “pick me” type language will definitely be deleted. Don’t be that person.
  • Try to keep it short. People don’t actually read your comments when you write your entire life story. They skim through it, and think, “gee, I’m glad I’m not that crazy person”. And not in the good way.
  • Mostly: don’t be a jerk.
  • The drawing will be held on Thanksgiving Day, sometime after I put my stuffing-filled pumpkin in the oven. Stuffing. Inside a pumpkin. You totally wish you were having Thanksgiving here, don’t you?

OK. Go!

ETA: Oh. Hey. I totally forgot to say this earlier: if 100 people leave comments on this post, I’ll rake together a second envelope equally crammed full of goodies. If 200 post comments, I’ll rake together a third and a fourth. So, share the heck out of this post!

ETA: We’ve reached 100 comments. There will be two names drawn on Thanksgiving Day. Keep spreading the word.


    1. November 17, 2014 @3:45 pm said: I’m thankful for my mom who has supported me through all of my stress and sorrow! Linda M.

    2. I am thankful to work in a community that is supportive of each other. The outpouring of support for students, staff, families and community members after the shooting here on October 24th has been amazing.

    3. I’m thankful for my creativity and having the means and resources to turn those ideas into reality.

    4. I’m thankful for all online friends that have supported me through my husband’s illness and got me to create once again!

    5. I am thankful to have a home and family when there are so many who don’t. Warm holiday wishes to all!

    6. I I am thankful for everything ithat has happened in my life; it has all been necessary to continue and add on to the good and wonderful that will continue.

    7. I feel deep gratitude and appreciation for the folks on this planet who will never receive wide recognition for the courageous work they do for the benefit of others and humanity. Nurses, community health educators working with Ebola patients and helping to stop the spread of the virus is just one example.

    8. I am thankful for my family who may not always understand my art but are always accepting and supportive of it.

    9. I’m most thankful for my family – they inspire me, fill me with love, challenge me, love me no matter what. I am truly blessed.

  1. I’m thankful for my good health that allows me to enjoy my two beautiful grandchildren and their families.

  2. I am so thankful that in 2014 my husband and I were relieved of some burdens that had been weighing our family down for many years and we were finally able to enjoy some peace and freedom we had not been able to experience before this year.

  3. Only one thing? You drive a hard bargain, Lisa! lol. I’m thankful for having enough money to buy the essentials. I’m so fortunate that I can buy food, medicine, etc. Thank you for this giveaway and for being a fun, approachable artist, Lisa!

  4. I am thankful that I live in a country where freedom reigns. We have our problems as do all countries, yet we have freedoms others are denied.

  5. I’m thankful for the overall health and happiness of my family. Things have been pretty good this year and for that I am thankful.

  6. I am thankful for my freedom from an abusive relationship I finally had the strength to get out of.

  7. I am so thankful this year for being able to spend time with my family and enjoying everyone’s good health!

  8. I am thankful that my sons are growing into wonderful men. They are both maturing and working hard at becoming productive, thoughtful guys that I am proud of!

  9. I’m thankful we live in a country where there is no war, famine or terrible disease to face every day and wish it were so for all those who are in that position. There but for the grace of God ……

  10. I am thankful for the fact that my husband and son are sweet and supportive while I am going through the bitchiness and depression periods of menopause.

  11. I am grateful for my artistic friends who serve as muses ; for unlimited art supplies & limitless creative possibilities :o)

  12. I am so thankful that the cancer growing on my tongue in the New Year that when it was cut out in March along with all the lymph nods on the right of my neck had not spread to the lymph nods or further afield and that I can still talk with the loss of about a 1/3 of my tongue even if I do sound funny.

  13. Besides health, I am thankful for a year of visitors at my door–postcards! I balance the thankfulness by sending and receiving them.

  14. 2014 has had its share of challenges for me. I am grateful for finding the continued strength to weather these storms. I am thankful for the family and friends that enrich my life in big and small ways each and every day.

  15. I am thankful I was able to finally lose some weight(thank you Weight Watchers)!! I was having back issues,and depression issues-losing the weight has definitely helped me feel better about myself-and my back has been much better as well! I’m hoping I can stay on track through the holidays.I turn 50 next month,and I’m thankful I am not carrying that extra weight with me as I head into the New Year!

  16. I am thankful to be alive after a head-on car wreck and for my family who have been here for me! Never take anything or anyone for granted, some day they might not be there.

  17. I’m thankful for having a job where I get to help people see their strengths and successes – people who generally feel like everyone else is focussed on what they’re doing wrong.

  18. I’m thankful that I live near enough to my five grandchildren to be involved with them as they grow up.

  19. I am thankful that our middle daughter has returned to us safely after being absent in our lives for 20 years.

  20. tough one–been a difficult year–hmmm–thankful that I can still laugh–and that my grandchildren are healthy and basically happy

  21. I am thankful for by circle of women friends and their unconditional love in 2014. They have gotten me through a pretty rough year.

  22. Very thankful that the two kittens I rescued survived to see their first Thanksgiving. I hope they’re just as thankful they got a second chance. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. I am thankful that I now understand how my mom used to be able to see me las being still her baby while I was in my mid thirties…by viewing my daughter who is now that age through that same lens.

  24. I’m thankful that I was able to retire from teaching this year with enough money to get by because my declining health was making it very difficult to work.

  25. I am so thankful to have art in my life, and to be able to learn from others who are so willing to share their knowledge and experience. Thank you Lisa.

  26. I’m thankful for my family and friends. I lost my older daughter to cancer this year. It was a very heartbreaking event.

  27. I’m thankful that at this time last year, I was able to be with and take care of my father as he suddenly became ill and passed. I’m so thankful that he lived (in good health, mind, and wit) until he was 96…that I had him that long. (And I miss him so very much….)

  28. I’m thankful for surviving brain surgery and radiation. Happy to be with my family!

  29. I’m most thankful for my son Ryan. We’ve had many challenges this year and he’s been so sweet to me.

  30. I am thankful for having choices -of being able and aware of how my actions impact how I show up in the world. I am thankful to be able to better myself so how I do show up has a chance of making the world a better place. Cheers!

  31. I survived a massive heart attack and quadruple bi-pass surgery at the end of 2013 and every day I am so thankful to be alive. I am most thankful to my husband for all his care.

  32. I’m thankful for discovering this form of artistic expression and am looking forward to the journey to help me find my style and my voice. Thank you for the opportunity!

  33. My son started school this year and I am so thankful for getting to watch him learn not only academically but socially!

  34. I am so thankful for my cancer support group. They have taught me much about courage, strength, faith, laughter and filled me with love and hope.

  35. Among many other things, I’m grateful for my first great grandchild who will be here next month.

    God bless.

  36. I am thankful I was able to take care of my mother-in-law through her final weeks as she struggled with terminal cancer. Miss her terribly, but am so glad I was able to give back some of the care she’s given so generously all her life.

  37. I’m thankful for my family, good health, love and my creative muse. Thank you Lisa for your generousity and inspiration. Think I’ll go make a thankful page in my journal.

  38. I am thankful that I have been able to survive a difficult year and that I am healthy and happy.

  39. Hi
    Great giveaway )
    I’m grateful for all the blessings this Earth has provided for us all, and I’m grateful for all the lessons that have helped me grow, the people in my life, and all the beauty that surrounds me.

  40. I am SO grateful that my first love found me after 50 years and we have now been married for 5 1/2 and it gets better every day

  41. I am thankful that my very good husband puts up with me and all my “hobbies” as I do with him. We found each other nearly 49 years ago and still are as good a friends as ever.

  42. I’m thankful to be loved by my grandchldren and to be able to be a guiding influence in their lives.

  43. I am thankful that we have 4 wonderful children and that I married my high school friend 45 years after we graduated from high school.
    He is a wonderful man and I thank God everyday that we found each other again.

  44. I am thankful for my health and my family. And Thank You for the opportunity to win your generous giveaway!

  45. I’m grateful and thankful, almost beyond words, to be retired and to have seven-day weekends and to be returned to almost perfect health after least year’s TWO bouts with pneumonia and to have access to the brilliance of people like you, so clever and inspiring and creative and original.

  46. After nearly 20 years, this year I was reunited with my childhood best friend! I am SO THANKFUL to have she, her husband, and her wonderful children in my life!

  47. I’m grateful for my local art tribe. These great ladies are so encouraging and supportive – they are essential to my growth and improvement.

  48. I am thankful for rubber stamps and ink that let me play and enjoy color. And I am even more thankful for my health, my job and my eyesight that let me enjoy that playtime with art.

  49. I am grateful for a wonderful husband who works so hard and still makes time to do things with me!

  50. I’m thankful for my family. They have been there for me through a tough year when emotions and times have been extreme. Family includes some very close friends too who are very special. My wish is that everyone can have the support of even just one friend in a time of need. It’s very comforting.

  51. I am thankful for the life that was given to me, the desire to survive all the bad things that have happened to me and thankful for all the celebrations that have been a part of my life.

  52. I am thankful that I have been put on the joint replacement list in 2014, though I am considered “too young” for such a surgery. Arthritis knows no bounds and I am looking forward to my new knee sometime in the New Year!

  53. I’m thankful for the continued good health of son #2, and for having loving family and time for me to create my art. PS…don’t include me in the give-away…just want ed you to know I’m thankful for all of your artistic inspiration. I think I have all of your college goodies. And couldn’t do without them!

  54. I’m thankful for so many things in my life, but I’m probably most thankful in 2014 to have had the opportunity to explore Scotland this summer. What a beautiful country. The memories will last a lifetime.

  55. I’m thankful that I’ve been able to let go of so many things (physical stuff and emotional stuff) this year, and that I’ve got a solid 3x daily meditation practice.

  56. Wow, after reading the above posts, I am humbled by the strength and thankfulness of these people that have gone through so much! I am throwing my post onto the list so that you can rack up more comments than you ever thought possible and hopefully send this thing into the stratosphere with the giveaways! What a wonderful thing to do!

  57. I am thankful for my health starting to get better after four years of ups and downs after cancer treatment. I am also thankful for a husband who nursed me when need.

  58. I am thankful that I had back surgery this past summer. It has given me a great deal of studio time and allowed me to get my gallery up and running. Urban Art District is off to a great start!

  59. I am thankful that after 13 months of being unemployed, my husband will be starting a new job next Tuesday, two days before Thanksgiving Day, and that it is a job that fits his talents.

  60. I’m thankful that my husband is feeling very good this year! He has congestive heart failure, but is doing much better. He is my support system and takes great care of me!

  61. I am thankful for my husband. I no longer can work and he has made sure everything is always taken care of.

  62. I give infinite thanks for my family who gave me an excellent start, for my beloved husband who is my sun & moon and everything in between, for dear sisters & friends who push me creatively & spiritually and for generous teachers I have met in the most unexpected places along the way. My life is an amazing and exciting collage of colour, texture, noise and substance thanks to them.

  63. I am thankful that I am finally going to be a grandmother! So excited!
    And for having a friend that totally supports all my crazy artistic experiments that I end up giving him for presents.

  64. I am thankful for having survived without mishap a cross – country USA tandem bicycle trek of 2300+ miles in celebration of my husband becoming senior citizens – (age 60)!

  65. Thanks for continuing to share your amazing talents with all of us, Lisa.

    Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

    I am very grateful for the medical system that supported myself and my family when I had a heart attack earlier this year. I am blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life

  66. Oh wow, I hope I’m included, being over here in Australia? We don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving Day, but I’m learning to be more grateful every day. But I am thankful for the many wonderful online resources that have enriched my creative life this year. From places like this to You Tube and other generous and creative people, I can learn so many wonderful skills and soak up their knowledge. Thanks for a chance to win. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  67. I am thankful for my family, a warm home in the cold VT winters & as a woman the freedom to VOTE!

  68. I’m thankful for my health and that I still have my father, for which I still can take care.

  69. There are so many things to be thankful for. At the top of my list are my children and grandchildren. Being in their company are my shiny happy places to be. I could be thankful for a scoop of your stuffed pumpkin ๐Ÿ˜‰

  70. I am thankful for my church and the ladies that go out of their way to make sure I can go to church and all the activities. I am also grateful and thankful for my daughter and grandchildren. I am thankful for all the blessings the Lord pours down upon me.

  71. I am thankful my two daughters and granddaughter survived a very bad car accident when hit by drunk driver.

  72. I am so thankful for my wonderful husband – we celebrated our 12th anniversary this year ๐Ÿ™‚

  73. I’m deeply thankful for having found a new home in 2014, our own house surrounded by nature, animal friends and lovely neighbours.

  74. I’m glad I’m still around, even if no one else cares. I have my many pets to keep me sane. ๐Ÿ™‚

  75. I am grateful for my wonderfully supportive husband and the health and happiness of my 2 grown children. Life is good!!

  76. I am thankful for my family and the support they have given me while recovery from this broken hip and all my other problems.

  77. I am thankful for the hospital stay in July that alerted me (“woke me up”) to how sick I was and which prompted me to become healthy for my kids and soon-to-arrive grandson.

  78. Today I am thankful for our courageous President. While not perfect he is bold and willing to take a stand for human rights, and human dignity. Happy Thanksgiving!

  79. I am thankful for my fiancรฉ of 10 years he has been here for me through thick and thin!

  80. I am so thankful for the creative urges that give spark to my life in the midst of the mundane!

  81. I am thankful for a warm house, good soup, and the light at my desk where I sit to draw, scrap, paint and be happy. Happy Thanksgiving! Lezlie

  82. More love than I can imagine that I deserve; friends, beautiful Arizona winters, yummy food and art, art everywhere!

  83. I am thankful for a loving husband and family who can see past my creative mess to the real me.

  84. I’m thankful for my son who is showing positive results in his chemo treatment after the removal of his left kidney. The cancer in other places is shrinking. Also, my son and daughter-in-law conceived, after we thought it wouldn’t be possible, and are expecting a beautiful little girl, my granddaughter, in January. So, so thankful:)

  85. i am thankful for the roof over my families head, the warmth of my heater and the food in my fridge. Too many people don’t have those things for me to take them for granted.

  86. I’m thankful for my pretty perfect life. Family and friends who love me. Good job. Time to create. Opportunities to learn new crafting skills.

  87. I am so very thankful for being retired and being introduced into making art, collage, atcs, & altered books!

  88. I am beyond thankful that both of my parents are still living. It is a great and joyous gift to me. Also, my dad had open heart surgery right after Christmas last year but most of his healing has happened in 2014. I am so thankful that he had healed well, that he did not get any significant infections, that his health has improved and that he is doing so well. I am almost 58. My parents have been married for almost 57 years. There is a whole lot to be thankful for related to just them in 2014 but then there are my adorable granddaughters! <3

  89. I am thankful that my daughter is enjoying a great 16th year! Parenting is hard. Growing up is hard. So grateful we are in a wonderful place at the moment!

  90. I’m so grateful for my new job, that has healthcare benefits, and is a decent place to work.

  91. i am thankful that this thanksgiving and christmas i get to spend with my daughter, sil, grandson, and granddaughter. they are the lights in my life. i am thankful for art and all it means to me, i know that 2015 is going to be a very hard year because of decisions i am making to make my life a better one but that means i have to go thru lots of difficult steps. art heals, and i know art will help me get thru it all.

  92. I am thankful that I have a job. I have a great team to work with. With people being terminated at my company for all the wrong reasons while poorly performing people are promoted, I am glad I am still there!

  93. I am thankful for so many things husband, family,friends and good health and my little dog that gives me so much love and joy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  94. I am forever thankful for God, my family, and the gift of beauty. Beauty is the essence of life and through it we can find joy and love.

  95. I m thankfull for the people who investicate treatments to kill cancer. Whitout them i was allready to the next world!

  96. I’m thankful for having a roof over my head and food on my table. I see all the misery in so many other places and consider myself very blessed.

  97. I am thankful for the good health of all my children, grandchildren and siblings and their families.

  98. I am thankful for wonderful online friends and websites that keep me artfully motivated and inspired – throughout the year.

  99. I am thankful each and every day that I am healthy and able to spend time with my family.

  100. I’m thankful that my family is all healthy and happy and that I have 7 wonderful grandchildren. We are blessed.

  101. I am thankful for the 180+ comments made before mine. They make me realize how fortunate I am and how I should not take so much of my life for granted.

  102. I’m grateful to God for finally getting me to practice what I believe and I am ending the year healthier than when I started it.

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